Reece Peck's research examines the areas of populist political rhetoric, television news and tabloid media. As a doctoral student, he conducted field research at various Tea Party protests and at Americans for Prosperity activist training conferences. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California San Diego, and is the author of Fox Populism: Branding Conservatism as Working Class (Cambridge, 2019). His research on Fox News has appeared in Media, Culture & Society and Journalism and has resulted in invitations to speak at Columbia University, New York University and Hong Kong Baptist University and in interviews with major news outlets such as The Washington PostColumbia Journalism Review, Business Insider and Yahoo! News. He also provides cultural commentary on popular television for New York Magazine and TV Guide


Ph.D. Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

M.A. Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Scholarship / Publications

Fox Populism: Branding Conservatism as Working Class (Cambridge, 2019) 

“Containing ‘Country Music Marxism’: How Fox News Conservatized John Rich’s ‘Shuttin’ Detroit Down.’” In A.J. Bauer and Anthony Nadler (eds.), News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures (Oxford University Press, 2019),

“Usurping the Usable Past: How Fox News Remembered the Great Depression during the Great Recession.” Journalism, 18 (6), (2017): 680–699. 

"You Say Rich, I Say Job Creator’: How Fox News Framed the Great Recession through the Moral Discourse of Producerism.” Media, Culture & Society, 36 (4), (2014): 526–35.